The world needs visionaries. Those who are able to imagine what’s possible and chart a course to get there. Nearly 150 years ago, Claflin broke down barriers in higher education, making it the first South Carolina university open to all regardless of race. Today, Claflin continues to welcome exemplary students of all races and genders who demonstrate a passion to change not only their own circumstances but to change the world as well. We believe that most leaders are made, not born. Furthermore, we believe that students with passion, integrity and a willingness to work hard have an innate capacity to become visionary leaders. As a Claflin student, you are challenged to realize your full potential, leaving here with an unparalleled education that will serve you well in graduate school, in a career – and in life.
The leaders of tomorrow have vision. They see farther. They act with a global perspective. Visionary leaders are confident to be innovative, to create their own path, to guide others. They believe in themselves because they understand their world and are motivated to make it better. We see the visionary leader in you—and will help you realize your own visionary leadership.
Excellence is everywhere here. It can be seen in the beauty of our campus, the quality of our faculty, and the level of institutions to which our graduates are admitted. We are committed to making sure you get everything you need to achieve the high levels of excellence that students here at Claflin come to expect of themselves.
Life At Claflin
Our community is close-knit, so opportunities for involvement abound. You'll find a full calendar of campus activities and events, over 66 student organizations, eight fraternities and sororities, a dynamic student government, a rewarding religious life, and more. This is an active, engaged campus where you'll get involved—early on, and often.
Our students actively engage in professional educational opportunities and gain valuable experience beyond the classroom—and in the process, they build highly impressive résumés. From high-level research to internships and co-ops, to student exchanges and study abroad, these practical experiences are available across all four years of a Claflin education.
Life After Claflin
Our graduates go far. They leave to study at the nation’s leading graduate and professional schools. They go on to great success as visionary leaders in leading companies and organizations across the nation and around the world. They leave with an education second to none, one that leads to a successful career—and a fulfilled life.
We develop visionary leaders by challenging our students to imagine the possibilities for their lives. This isn't just about preparing you for a career. It's about preparing you to become the best “you” possible. Are you ready to fulfill your potential as a visionary leader? Learn more about the life-changing, world-changing education here at Claflin University.